Some 41 students will start their first year of study at six universities across England as part of a bursary by Deloitte.
Together with the firm’s charity partner Blueprint for All, the new bursary scheme is designed for students of Black, Asian, and minority ethnic heritage and from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Each student is awarded £2,250 per year for three years of study as part of Deloitte’s 5 Million Futures programme at Birmingham City University, University of Greenwich, University of Kent, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Portsmouth and University of Hertfordshire.
The aim of the bursaries is to help students progress to careers in professional roles, including at Deloitte.
Jackie Henry, managing partner, people and purpose at Deloitte, said: “We believe that everyone, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, or background, should have equal opportunities to thrive.
“It is a pleasure to invest in future talent and this bursary programme is specifically inspired by our Black Action Plan and our commitment to more inclusive recruitment. I look forward to following the journeys of these talented individuals through university and beyond and wish them every success as they study for their degrees.”
Sonia Watson, chief executive of Blueprint for All, added: “We are extremely proud to be collaborating with Deloitte as one of its 5 Million Futures charity partners and we are blown away by the support we have received from the firm.
“Together we are already making strides towards creating a more inclusive society and this bursary programme is providing enablement to the students which carves the way for them to succeed through higher education.”